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David R. Howell

The New School

The New School

David R. Howell is a Professor of Economics and Public policy at The New School (New York City).

He received his PhD in economics from The New School in 1982, was employed as a research analyst at Wassily Leontief’s Institute for Economic Analysis (NYU) from 1979-1984, and returned to The New School in 1985 as a faculty member in what is now the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment.

He has served as the Chair of the Urban Policy Program from 1994-2001, as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003-2005, and as Director of the Doctoral Program in Public and Urban Policy from 2008-2015.

He is an affiliated member of the New School’s economics department, a Faculty Research Fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (The New School), a Research Scholar at the Political Economy Research Institute (U-Mass Amherst), and serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

His research focuses on the labor market and public policy with work on the importance of skills and institutionally-driven bargaining power on wages and inequality; the relationship between economic growth and income inequality; the effects of labor market institutions and social policy on unemployment across OECD countries; and the importance of minimum wage policies for wage inequality, family well-being, and employment performance.

Current work is focused on the effects of alternative policy and institutional regimes on the translation of economic growth into decent jobs, a project aimed at improving US labor market outcomes via lessons from cross-country comparisons.

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